The office of the Department of Education in Bago City is set to investigate alleged bullying incidents by some students of the school. The DepEd office has received complaints from parents reporting that students, as young as grade schoolers, are bullying their classmates and schoolmates. The parents are dismayed that the school seemed to be lacking in the disciplinary department to resolve this issue.
Notre Dame of Bago carries the slogan “The School That Builds Character,” yet it seems that the school operates without a principal and a guidance counsellor, according to the parents. They are seeking clarification with the DepEd regarding this system of administration.
Some parents commented that the school toilets are not hygienic. In one instance, they tried to complain about this, as well as the issue about bullying, but their complaints were ignored.
One parent said that when he confronted a school official about these issues, he was bluntly told to transfer his child to another school. This is a very improper way of addressing a problem. Instead of resolving the problems, the school official is ignoring them.
One parent, whose child was a victim of bullying, did the most sensible thing, which is to transfer her child to another school. She has to do this after her kid refused to attend classes anymore. The parent was forced to transfer her child to a public elementary school which the kid finds safer.
Since there is a law on anti-bullying and the local media is now aware of the situation in that school, we hope that DepEd will do something about it. We hope the Education officials will be fair to the victims of bullying instead of siding with the school administrator.
Abangan ang susunod na kuwento, so they say.
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This column greets Congressman Juliet Marie Ferrer, Mayor Nicholas Yulo, Vice Mayor Monet Torres, Bong Go, Martin Andanar, Mocha Uson, Sr. Supt. Jack Wanky, and Ariston Miñez Jr./WDJ